A study of the End Times - Revelation PM Series # 22 - The Mark of the Beast 08/05/18
Revelation 13:16 – 14:5
As to why men and women would willingly take the Mark of the Beast, condemning their souls to hell, it is indeed strange! But in the time of the Tribulation, we have to remember several things. First, we have to remember that the church has been removed from the earth and thus its preserving influence. Though the world doesn’t realize it or appreciate it, the presence of the church on earth is what is keeping the world from falling completely into the hands of satan and keeping even some semblance of morality. Jesus rightly said that we are the “salt” of the earth, keeping it from outright rotting.
But when the church is raptured and every bornagain Christian is taken from earth to heaven, the Holy
Spirit is also removed from the earth. 2 Thess. 2:7 And sadly, for those left behind, they now have no
protection at all from the devil.
Some Are Sealed By Satan (13:16-18)
It is not just the political system of the anti-christ that appeals to mankind during the Tribulation. The
false prophet is active in deceiving them as well.